Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews by mophie:
3.13/5 rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
I was in the mood for a nice Belgian strong ale, so I went to the cellar to pull out my bottle of DT. Now that I've finished the glass, I wonder if I left it in the cellar too long? Or not long enough? I don't know, but something about the beer seemed a bit off, unrefined... Anyway, it looks great, clear golden yellow with copious carbonation that ensures a fluffy white head and lacing that follows the brew down the glass. Sweet pear aromas, honey, apples; at this point I'm intrigued. The taste, however, is almost too sweet, slightly out of whack. Some nice spiciness cuts through somewhat, but I'm wanting a bit more tang. And there's something very strange in the way the beer feels in my mouth -- a thick, almost toothpaste-like aspect. Odd and a bit harsh. Oh well. Cool bottle though.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2002 17:45:41 | More by mophie
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3.76/5 rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #51 of the ones I've reviewed here.
This is a very strange beer. With one exception it's a fairly standard Belgian Golden in the Duval tradition, not bad but not anything amazing. Pours a lightly brownish-gold with a head that disappears rapidly. The nose is about what you'd expect, a sort of tropical fruit flavored bubblegum kind of deal. That also continues into the candy like flavors, although it ripens a bit as it warms up into more assertive just plain fruit flavors and a blast of that funky Belgian yeast that's hard to explain but anybody who's ever had a Belgian in this style (actually, in a lot of styles) knows about.
Like I said, nothing bad but nothing really special, either. The one thing, though, that really is extraordinary about this beer is the mouthfeel. The effervescence here is paired with a finish so bone dry that the moment you register the taste it's already gone, just a wisp of it lying around on your tongue. It's really hard to describe, but the effect is rather like pouring the beer into a cologne bottle and spritzing it into your mouth, you're almost not drinking it so much as absorbing it.
I've never really tasted a beer that did anything quite like that, and I think this is worth seeking out soley to experience it. A beer who's prime virtue is it's mouthfeel is really a remarkable thing.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 21:09:22 | More by dougbassett
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,107 ratings.